Avid4 Adventure Journal

Avid4 Adventure Journal

June 10, 2019
Conquer Your Overnight Camp Fears: 5 of Your Biggest Worries Answered

Conquer Your Overnight Camp Fears: 5 of Your Biggest Worries Answered

We'll let you in on a secret: All parents are afraid of sending their kids to overnight camp. It's no easy thing to pack up your baby (even a teenage one) and send them miles away to sleep somewhere entirely new for two weeks. But while it's totally OK—good, even!—to have concerns, you shouldn't let them stop you from giving your kid one of the most confidence-building, independence-bolstering, unforgettable experiences of their life. (If you're a camper, check out this great post to convince your parents to send you to overnight camp).

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Topics: Overnight Camp

June 3, 2019
What to Bring to Summer Day Camp: The Five Avid4 Adventure Essentials

What to Bring to Summer Day Camp: The Five Avid4 Adventure Essentials

Let’s face it—the excitement for any kid going to camp for the first time never revolves around packing. Most kids, I’ve found, just want to be outside, be with their friends, and learn new things. But to do that takes just a little preparation. And we know that as a parent you've got a million other things to do, so we’ve boiled down the basics for you here, from the usual 10 essentials to our top five ingredients for the recipe of a great camp day. (If you like this article, check out other ‘essentials’ for planning adventures for kids.)

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Topics: What to Bring Day Camp

May 28, 2019
How to Get Your Kids Excited About Summer Day Camp

How to Get Your Kids Excited About Summer Day Camp

Whether this is your child’s first or tenth time going to summer camp, initial thoughts about spending a week with new people, trying new activities in a new environment can feel intimidating. However, you as a parent or guardian can get them pumped up to jump into a new adventure through support, preparation, and insight. Here are ways to get your kid(s) excited about coming to Avid4 Adventure’s Day Camps:

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Topics: summer camp

May 23, 2019
Five Ways to Help Your Child Build Confidence

Five Ways to Help Your Child Build Confidence

It’s no secret that parents want their children to succeed. The same goes for camp instructors: we want to see your children learn how to rock climb for the first time, or try something they’ve never done before. It makes our day. More importantly, we want to be there with them on that journey of learning and exploration. And while helping kids succeed may seem like an easy task, teaching them to learn confidence can be much more daunting. So, from someone who has worked with kids her entire adult life, here’s how to support your child through any challenge they might encounter—and help them build confidence while doing so.

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Topics: Skills Learned at Summer Camp Soft Skills

May 13, 2019
A Mt. Whitney Mountaineering Adventure: Risk, Putting Our Egos Aside

A Mt. Whitney Mountaineering Adventure: Risk, Putting Our Egos Aside

Young, eager, and experienced, or so we thought, myself and two friends, Mike and Carl, started to put plans in motion for a winter ascent of the tallest mountain in the continental U.S., Mount Whitney. Standing at 14,505’, the mountaineering route up the face of the bewitching Whitney seemed to be the perfect trip to test our skills from a NOLS trip the previous summer.

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Topics: Adventure Stories